Explained: Why UEFA is ‘rattled’ over the latest European Super League plan – The Athletic

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Other contributor: Phil Buckingham

For football fans the announcement appeared to come from out of the blue. A “closed European Super League”, FIFA and the six international confederations said in a rare joint statement on Thursday morning, “would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation”. Top players participating would therefore be barred from representing their national teams in events like the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. 

In reality, the statement reflects just how nervous FIFA and the confederations have become. For months now, they have watched on as the most powerful clubs in the world have talked among themselves about the future of football post-2024, when European football’s current broadcast and sponsorship deals expire. This week, there have even been reports of proposal documents circulated between clubs.

As one source told The Athletic on Thursday: “UEFA is…

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